Originally Posted by tuklap
and you'll just void out your warranty hahaha... any thing that wont remove the heat sink just to know if it is an hd 7970 reference design board?
You can compare the back side of the PCB but its alot harder to identify everyihtng. You really need to get a visual of the PCB.
If you are considering water cooling any HD79XX card that is built on a new model number PCB IMO its a good idea to take the heat sinks off to see the lay out of the PCB to determine proper fit for water block.
Also by looking at the PCB you can get an idea of how high of quality design it is.
Referenece HD7970 PCB is very high quality.
On reference AMD PCB you can find PCB model number nomenclature data near the PCI-E connector but on newer PCB desing that is custom it is not listed so you have to get visual of PCB to verfify.
Swiftech has some good info on identifying PCB nomenclature.
EK has awesome http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/
WEB site compatibility tool to identify many PCB compatible blocks but doesn't cover all the cards exspecialy these newer revised cards.
I think at this point in time with all the revisions going on its a good idea to look at PCB to make certain the PCB is all kosher for proper fit of water block.Edited by SonDa5 - 3/24/13 at 10:39am